New activities scheduled for homecoming week

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Argen Duncan For homecoming this year, Portales High School students are smashing cars, setting the biggest bonfire they’ve had and hosting a new alumni reception. The PHS Student Council has activities planned most evenings this week, and each day has a theme for students to follow in how they dress, such as Zombie Day, Ram […]

Fires gut police cars in storage

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Freedom New Mexico Fire of unknown origin gutted three police cruisers Friday at the Portales city storage yard, where the cars were being stripped and used for parts. The Portales Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. when a passing motorist saw black smoke and called 911, according to Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said mechanics […]

Fuel grading system fails auto consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Friday morning briefing: Insects, hot cars and habitat stamps

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Let the dirt fly

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By Clarence Plank Engines rev and hum as drivers pump accelerators anxiously wait for the light to snap green. Dirt flies when the light changes, racers tearing off in their cars toward the finish line at the other side of the track. It is dirt track racing time in eastern New Mexico. Ray Reeser of […]

Hard to shake soft spot for classic cars

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I love to look at classic and antique cars and street rods. I’ve never made the commitment to love one, however. For the last few nights I’ve been watching Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction on SPEED and the cars and the prices they command boggle my mind. Yeah, it’s the same auction […]

Grant will assist Elida with beautification efforts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Elida has been undergoing a four-year-long cleanup aimed at making it a more attractive place to live. Led by members of the town government, volunteers have removed old cars, landscaped, picked up trash and otherwise cleaned up. Now, a $700,000 grant from Gov. Richardson’s Investment Partnership II is paying […]

It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

Oct. 20, 1980

The Portales News-Tribune reported that sloppy property owners in Portales had two more weeks before city officials cited them for cluttering their yards and fields with weeds, trash and abandoned cars. Residents are asked to cut weeds on their property, or report litter or abandoned cars, by Nov. 3 to avoid receiving a warning from […]

Alumni and Portales residents celebrate Founder’s Day

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local residents and alumni took a trip down memory lane Sunday during the Founder’s Day Picnic at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. More than 500 people attended the three-hour event featuring music, a potato sack race, old cars, tours of the campus and authentic period food for ENMU’s’ […]